Extremism binds and restricts. It narrows and diminishes. It judges self-righteously and is coarse. It cultivates dishonesty in us and in our relationship with others. Extremism grows in the willing heart.
Recently, I came across a quote by Jack Nicholson that I really love. It speaks of the opposite of extremism, the antithesis of denial and dishonesty. It speaks of the benefit in accepting the ideas of others even when we thought we were, oh, so right.
I love it when I wake up & realize I have been totally wrong about something - it sets me free.Is this not an incredibly valuable mindset to possess? As I look into the mirror I ask, "what do you see?" Extremism clouds correct thoughts and openings that would inhibit a better me.